Saturday 2nd January 2016
Early Evening Closures At Central Station Resume Tomorrow

***STORY FROM NEXUS WEBSITE***

The early evening closures of Central Station’s Metro ticket concourse and platforms are to resume from Sunday 3 January.

Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, is resuming the 8pm, closures, Sundays to Thursdays, to allow for modernisation work.

The evening closures had been temporarily halted over the busy festive period.

But from Sunday 3 January Central will close each evening at 8pm, but will remain fully open to passengers on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, Raymond Johnstone, said: “It is important that we return to the early evening closures at Central Station so that the modernisation work can be finished off.

“I’d like to thank customers in advance for their patience during the disruption. “Our project at Central Station will transform a key gateway into the region, giving it improved accessibility and a vibrant new look.”

Metro Central had been closing earlier five nights a week, Sunday to Thursday to allow contractors to press on with a £6m modernisation scheme, which started in September.

Metro Central station, which is used by 5.3 million passengers a year, is getting improvements to accessibility, information and waiting facilities, as well as a bright new look.

The project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016.

The work forms part of the £389m Metro all change modernisation programme, which has already seen 25 Metro stations modernised at locations throughout the five districts of Tyne and Wear.

The project is being jointly funded, with £3.5m coming from the Metro all change modernisation programme and a £2.5m contribution from the Government’s Single Local Growth Fund.

Like Haymarket, rebuilt in 2009, Central will feature a predominantly white interior with feature walls picked out in a feature colour, helping assist passenger navigation.

Improvements to the passenger waiting areas and platforms include new way-finding signage on new vitreous enamel panels.

New seating, which includes benches and renewed perch seats, and brighter lighting will be installed along with tactile paving to assist passengers with visual impairments.

Trains will run through the station when it is closed and call at other city centre stations as normal.

Passengers will be advised to use Monument station when Central is closed.  Metro staff will be on site at both stations to advise customers of walking and bus routes, and provide taxis from the station rank for people with restricted mobility.

Tolent is the contractor carrying out the works at Central Metro station

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